The Heart's Invisible Furies by John BoyneThe Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

byJohn Boyne

Hardcover | August 22, 2017

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From the beloved New YorTimes bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland.

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery--or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?
     Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community, and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamorous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and--over his many years--will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
     In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
JOHN BOYNE is the author of ten novels for adults, five novels for younger readers and a collection of short stories. His 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was an international bestseller, selling over 9 million copies worldwide. He has won three Irish Book Awards, a Stonewall Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. His novels...
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Title:The Heart's Invisible FuriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.5 × 6.3 × 1.5 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385690606

ISBN - 13:9780385690607

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A really well written book, holds your interest. Excellent plot and character development. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Book!!! Cyril Avery’s birth mother was raised with a very strict Catholic upbringing and when it was discovered that she was pregnant and unmarried, she was soon cast out of her family, her church and her town. She gave birth to Cyril and gave him up for adoption. This story tells Cyril’s life from birth to death covering not only his major life events but also world events such as the AIDS crisis and 9/11 along with the ongoing prejudice against gay men. We travel with Cyril from Dublin to Amsterdam to New York and back to Ireland. There are quite a few characters in this book but what I loved was how the author plotted the story so that all the character’s lives intersected at some point. When a new character was introduced, the reader may not know exactly what role they will play in Cyril’s life, but at some point, they will intersect and all will be illuminated. This is a chunky book running approximately 590 pages on my Kindle, however, I became so engrossed in the story that it felt like I got to the end of Cyril’s story too soon. Highly recommend this book – I give it five stars and it is my favorite read so far this year.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne This book has a lot of elements of stories I enjoy— it takes place in Ireland, follows a character throughout his entire life, and use 'fate' to bring people together across many years and many countries. Essentially, on paper it sounds like something I would love. And while there were definitely elements of the story that I enjoyed a lot, I felt a bit detached from the narrative and struggled to get invested in the story. The main reason I didn't love this story was its length. I'm okay with long books; I even love long books on occasion. But a story really needs to warrant its length, and I felt like this one was dragged down by how long it was. Its nearly 600 pages could easily have been scrapped down by 100-200 pages easily.I appreciated the central message of this book as the main character came to terms with his sexuality amidst a culture that didn't approve. Cyril was a resilient, flawed, complex main character that literally grew up before my eyes as I was reading, and I really enjoyed seeing how the author developed the characters every chapter through the use of 7 year gaps. However, the characters started to become vehicles for the message and mouthpieces for the author that took away from the naturalness of the story. The dialogue was witty and enjoyable, but occasionally it felt forced, as if the author were spoon-feeding the reader instead of letting them uncover the message. It lacked nuance for me, and that made it a bit unpalatable.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book so far! This book has the most incredible storytelling, characters, and language. It's a bildungsroman following Cyril Avery who is an adopted young man. We follow him from pre-birth really, all the way to the end of his life. The book is set in several chapters, and each chapter is set seven years apart, which allows for only the interesting bits of his life. There are three kick-ass women in this novel, and the whole novel contains the journey of what it was like to be a homosexual man in 1950s Dublin, and during the AIDS epidemic in New York City. There are so many twists and turns, and it's absolutely perfectly written. It's a perfect book in my opinion. Stellar storytelling skills that Boyne!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! No words can describe how wonderful this masterpiece is!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK Despite its length, it's an engrossing read. It essentially follows a man throughout his life, against the tumultuous modern history of Ireland and the difficult journey of LGBT rights. The characters are fully fleshed out, allowed to be complex figures. Also, I appreciated the dry, sometimes dark humour that worked to temper the tragedy. It is sometimes difficult to read due to its themes but by the end, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and joy for Cyril and the other characters.It left me with a sense of hope. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stereotypical Casting About the insults suffered by a gay youth who, unable to disclose himself, remains a hapless victim for far too many pages. His chronic complaints, all the while trailing the disrespectful source of his distress - gets boring. Stereotypical casting of girls and women as sex objects also disappoint. Eleanor Cowan, Author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stereotypical Casting About the insults suffered by a gay youth who, unable to disclose himself, remains a hapless victim for far too many pages. His chronic complaints, all the while trailing the disrespectful source of his distress - gets boring. Stereotypical casting of girls and women as sex objects also disappoint. Eleanor Cowan, Author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong storytelling Don't be intimidated by the length of this book. The storytelling is incredibly strong and the writing is powerful. It covers some really heavy topics, but isn't too heavy a book. Read this book!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book!!!! This is the best book I have read in a long while!! The story line, the characters, the writing style... amazing!!! I would absolutely recommend this book!!! It is a must READ!!!!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this This just might be one of my favourite books of all time. Literally crying and laughing the whole way through
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite book of the year I first had this from the library, but loved it so much I bought it outright. Beautifully written, and I truly did cry at the end
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is a beautifully written book. I was hooked from the beginning. I laugh, I cried and was sorry when it ended. A great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite book Thank you John Boyne for such an amazing book.
Date published: 2017-08-24

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"Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore." Praise for The Heart's Invisible Furies:"Erstwhile Scotiabank Giller Prize juror John Boyne presents one of his most ambitious novels yet, a story that traces Ireland's turbulent history from the 1940s to the present as seen through the eyes of one man." —Quill and Quire "Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising and always compelling. . . . Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed." —Booklist, starred review "With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy. . . . Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel." —Kirkus, starred review "Cyril's life story is extraordinary, tragic and triumphant. . . . Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne's characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril's adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story." —Library Journal "With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril's shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril's life and a catalogue of Western society's evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities and certainties." —Publishers Weekly "Bleak, bittersweet and Irish to the bone . . . explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond." —O, The Oprah Magazine "Boyne writes scenes that will make a reader laugh and cry—without saccharine sentiment or flippancy. Infused with heart and humour, as well as a keen sense of man's capacity for cruelty, The Heart's Invisible Furies pulsates with life's complexity and progress's slow march." —Paste Magazine"Boyne's fictional portrait of postwar Ireland and its people is nightmarish but utterly compelling. . . . The appalling comedy of Cyril's childhood and youth, the vigour, the mess, the stir and life and horror of it all form the heart of a substantial achievement." —The Guardian "An epic full of verve, humour and heart . . . sure to be read by the bucketload . . . deeply cinematic [and] extremely funny." —The Irish Times

Editorial Reviews

Finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary AwardAn Amazon Best BookA New Statesman Book of the YearA Kobo Best Book of 2017A Chicago Review of Books Best Book of 2017Nominated for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award"By turns whimsical and heartbreaking, Boyne's sprawling novel treads Dickensian territory across seven decades of Irish history, ending with a redemption for both a country and a native son." —People"Boyne's fictional portrait of postwar Ireland and its people is nightmarish but utterly compelling. . . .  The appalling comedy of Cyril's childhood and youth, the vigour, the mess, the stir and life and horror of it all form the heart of a substantial achievement." —The Guardian (UK)"Tender, dark, hilarious, heartbreaking—I loved it." —Vogue"With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy. . . . Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel." —Kirkus, starred review"Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling. . . . Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed." —Booklist, starred review"With intricate narrative precision, The Heart's Invisible Furies cuts to the heart of what family is, how it is chosen and how it endures. And it is charming and funny, even as it dives down from the precipice of endearing humor into the very specific ironies and cruelties of real life. . . . Characters are cinematically rendered, with a deft, decadent wit that will make you laugh aloud at least once. Searing heartbreak; loneliness; a quest for internal and external redemption, solace and contentment are all there in The Heart's Invisible Furies." —The Millions"Bleak, bittersweet and Irish to the bone. [The Heart's Invisible Furies] explore[s] the relationship between Catholicism and patriarchy in midcentury Ireland and beyond."—O, The Oprah Magazine"[The Heart's Invisible Furies] is a beautifully written epic and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure." —New Statesman"An epic full of verve, humour and heart. . . . sure to be read by the bucketload. . . . Deeply cinematic [and] extremely funny." —The Irish Times"Boyne writes scenes that will make a reader laugh and cry—without saccharine sentiment or flippancy. Infused with heart and humor, as well as a keen sense of man's capacity for cruelty, The Heart's Invisible Furies pulsates with life's complexity and progress' slow march." —Paste "By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad. . . . This is a novelist at the top of his game." —Mail on Sunday"This is nothing less than the story of Ireland over the past 70 years, expressed in the life of one man. . . . Highly entertaining and often very funny. . . . Big and clever." —The Sunday Times (UK)"Cyril's life story is extraordinary, tragic and triumphant. . . . Boyne dedicates his wise, beautiful 15th novel to John Irving. This tribute fits a story calling to mind the humane sagas of T.S. Garp, Owen Meaney and the humble tale of Piggy Sneed. Readers will fall in love with Boyne's characters, especially Mrs. Goggin and Cyril's adoptive mother, Maude Avery, in this heartbreaking and hilarious story." —Library Journal"With evocative descriptions of each city and fateful plot turns that twist the narrative in surprising ways, Boyne adroitly captures Cyril's shifting identity as he grapples with nationality, class and sexuality. The book becomes both an examination of Cyril's life and a catalogue of Western society's evolution from post-war to present day, with all its failings, triumphs, complexities and certainties." —Publishers Weekly"An epic novel . . . The Heart's Invisible Furies proves that John is not just one of Ireland's best living novelists but also one of the best novelists of Ireland." —Express"John Boyne is an exuberant storyteller, and narrator Cyril is an engaging and often very funny companion in this saga of a gay man’s experiences throughout several decades of life, both in Ireland and elsewhere." —Irish Independent"Cinematic and commercial, The Heart's Invisible Furies makes for entertaining reading. . . . [Boyne] certainly knows how to ramp up tension and manipulate readers' emotions. . . . But perhaps the most sincere and powerful emotion in the book—and what elicits the book's truest reward—is rage. . . . Boyne shows just how far Ireland has come and proves that even the most unlikely change or forward movement is never impossible." —San Francisco ChroniclePraise for John Boyne: • "Boyne is a master storyteller. When I arrived at the last page, I knew I had just read an instant classic." —Toronto Star on A History of Loneliness • "Deftly complex. . . . Boyne gets its right." —USA Today on A History of Loneliness • "Deeply affecting. . . . Beautiful and sparsely written." —The Wall Street Journal on The Boy at the Top of the Mountain • "A small wonder of a book." —The Guardian (UK) on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas